The pitch of the world: cricket and Chris Searle
Westall, Claire and Lazarus, Neil. (2009) The pitch of the world: cricket and Chris Searle. Race & Class, Vol.51 (No.2). pp. 44-58. ISSN 0306-3968Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306396809345576
Part of Chris Searle's wide-ranging contribution to Race & Class - and the subject of this article - is a body of cricket writing that exposes the crippling imperial legacies of the game but still insists on its potential for the future, particularly in England; a future Searle understands as emerging from the country's working-class, multi-ethnic, inner-city communities. Searle is indebted to C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary (1963) and, like James, sees cricket as a site for the expression, playing out and (sometimes) the imaginary resolution of social relations. Searle also follows James in arguing that, because of the game's sociality, the politics of cricketing performance must be assessed in terms of the relationship between players and their communities. In this context, he has analysed the significance of figures like Devon Malcolm, England's Jamaican-born fast bowler, and Brian Lara, the world-record holding West Indies batsman. Notably, Searle's academic and personal contribution has been 'Towards a cricket of the future', as one of his own pieces is entitled. He has also helped lay the ground for a critique of the globalised televisual spectacle that is, increasingly, the international game of cricket.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Race & Class|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 44-58|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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